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Le Pain Quotidien

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2000 P St NW
Washington, DC 20036


Monday - Thursday : 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday - Friday : 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday - Saturday : 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday - Sunday : 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

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What he wanted was so simple: bread, hearty and wholesome, with a firm slice and a good crust.
Alain Coumont learned about bread as a small child, standing on a chair every Sunday watching his grandmother bake bread. As a young chef in Brussels, Alain could not find the right bread for his restaurant.

Passionate about quality, he returned to his roots and opened a small bakery where he could knead flour, salt and water into the rustic loaves of his childhood.

He called his bakery “Le Pain Quotidien".


Whenever we can, we source organic ingredients. This way, we not only build lasting and meaningful partnerships with organic farmers, but we also ensure our ingredients are of the highest quality. It's about finding the very best, in a way that is good for all of us.

This philosophy influences every part of the way we do business, from the food we serve to the design of our stores to the materials we use. We use reclaimed wood and recycled Gypsum in construction, energy-efficient lamps, and environmentally friendly cleaning supplies and packaging.

It's good for our bodies, our communities, and our earth.


Our bread is made today exactly as it was in the beginning: with only organic stone-ground flour, salt, and water, kneaded and shaped by hand and baked in a hearth under the watchful eye of artisan bakers.


We finely craft the delectable pastries in our pâtisserie because we understand the magic of a buttery, flaky croissant and of a dark, fudgy brownie.

We bake our pastries fresh every day so that we can offer you that magic whenever you need it.

Communal Table

Friends and strangers alike come together around our communal table to break bread and linger for a while.

Like all of our furniture, the communal table is made from reclaimed wood, which means no trees were sacrificed for us to sit and unwind.

Take a seat next to a neighbor, share the Brunette and be reminded that, even in the big city, we are a community.


We insist on the freshest and finest ingredients. If we can't find them, we make them ourselves.

Our shelves are lined with the products we've created: the jams and chocolate spreads on the communal table, the granola in your parfait, the coffee that fills your bowl.

These items are available for purchase at the counter.

From our pantry to yours.

Our Name

Yes, it's tricky. (It was so simple in Belgium!)

It sounds like this: luh paN koh-ti-dyaN and it means "the daily bread."

Don’t be shy—it takes some practice.

the quality of being friendly and lively; friendliness

We are grateful for our local communities. In the spirit of conviviality, we extend the reach of ourcommunal table to share our gratitude with these communities across the US.

Since we bake and serve bread and pastries daily, we are often left with a little extra at the end ofeach day. What better way to continue serving our daily bread once our doors have closed than toshare it with those in need? We are also engaged with local schools, charities and nonprofitorganizations.

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